In his most recent Fine Art series “Day to Night”, American photographer Stephen Wilkes captures fleeting moments of humanity like no other before him. From a fixed camera, Wilkes takes approximately 1,500 images photographed during a period of up to 30 hours of well-known landmarks around the world. Afterwards, he blends them into one photograph, creating stunningly epic cityscapes and landscapes, balancing on the verge of surreality. As Wilkes explains, “I imagined changing time in a single photograph.”
Out of those 1,500 images, Wilkes begins the long process of choosing the right images to blend into one photograph. “It is quite a challenge, and I like challenges.” Wilkes says in an interview with CBS Sunday Morning.
Wilkes’ pictures invite spectators to come in, look closer and feel the pulse of a location that never seems to sleep, as it moves from morning into darkness in one single frame. No wonder “Day to Night” has already been featured on dozens of prominent media outlets. With a grant from the National Geographic Society the series was also recently extended to include America’s National Parks. In 2017 TASCHEN will publish a monograph on “Day to Night.”
The Robert Klein Gallery in Boston is currently exhibiting “Day to Night” until August 20th. For those of you not able to make it to Bean Town, you can also view more of the series on Wilkes’ website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.